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Orlando Sentinel
Foster mom turns heartbreak into push for child-abuse lawsPenny Jones, the Central Florida foster mom who raised Tariji Gordon for more t
Foster mom turns heartbreak into push for child-abuse laws
Orlando Sentinel / Posted 2 days ago
Penny Jones, the Central Florida foster mom who raised Tariji Gordon for more than two years — only to learn of the Sanford tot's death soon after being returned to her biological mother — announced a campaign Friday to change child-welfare laws in... Read more
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FOX 25 Boston
Neighbors rescue 3-old reportedly locked in day care van for hoursJACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The mother of a 3-year-old boy in Jacksonville, Florida, i
Neighbors rescue 3-old reportedly locked in day care van for hours
FOX 25 Boston / Posted 3 days ago
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The mother of a 3-year-old boy in Jacksonville, Florida, is furious. She told ActionNewsJax that her son was abandoned this week inside a van that takes children to and from the All About God’s Children Academy. According to a... Read more
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WSOC-TV Charlotte
Neighbors rescue 3-old reportedly locked in day care van...The mother of a 3-year-old boy in Jacksonville, Florida, is furious. According
Neighbors rescue 3-old reportedly locked in day care van...
WSOC-TV Charlotte / Posted 3 days ago
The mother of a 3-year-old boy in Jacksonville, Florida, is furious. According to a heavily redacted police report, the incident happened Tuesday evening. The mother called police panicked that her son "had not been dropped off from day care" and... Read more
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WFTV 9 Orlando
Neighbors rescue 3-old reportedly locked in day care van...The mother of a 3-year-old boy in Jacksonville, Florida, is furious. According
Neighbors rescue 3-old reportedly locked in day care van...
WFTV 9 Orlando / Posted 3 days ago
The mother of a 3-year-old boy in Jacksonville, Florida, is furious. According to a heavily redacted police report, the incident happened Tuesday evening. The mother called police panicked that her son "had not been dropped off from day care" and... Read more
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WSB-TV 2 Atlanta
Neighbors rescue 3-old reportedly locked in day care van...The mother of a 3-year-old boy in Jacksonville, Florida, is furious. According
Neighbors rescue 3-old reportedly locked in day care van...
WSB-TV 2 Atlanta / Posted 3 days ago
The mother of a 3-year-old boy in Jacksonville, Florida, is furious. According to a heavily redacted police report, the incident happened Tuesday evening. The mother called police panicked that her son "had not been dropped off from day care" and... Read more
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Springfield News-Sun
Neighbors rescue 3-old reportedly locked in day care van...The mother of a 3-year-old boy in Jacksonville, Florida, is furious. According
Neighbors rescue 3-old reportedly locked in day care van...
Springfield News-Sun / Posted 3 days ago
The mother of a 3-year-old boy in Jacksonville, Florida, is furious. According to a heavily redacted police report, the incident happened Tuesday evening. The mother called police panicked that her son "had not been dropped off from day care" and... Read more
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WPXI Pittsburgh
Neighbors rescue 3-old reportedly locked in day care van...The mother of a 3-year-old boy in Jacksonville, Florida, is furious. According
Neighbors rescue 3-old reportedly locked in day care van...
WPXI Pittsburgh / Posted 3 days ago
The mother of a 3-year-old boy in Jacksonville, Florida, is furious. According to a heavily redacted police report, the incident happened Tuesday evening. The mother called police panicked that her son "had not been dropped off from day care" and... Read more
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The Hamilton Journal News
Neighbors rescue 3-old reportedly locked in day care van...The mother of a 3-year-old boy in Jacksonville, Florida, is furious. According
Neighbors rescue 3-old reportedly locked in day care van...
The Hamilton Journal News / Posted 3 days ago
The mother of a 3-year-old boy in Jacksonville, Florida, is furious. According to a heavily redacted police report, the incident happened Tuesday evening. The mother called police panicked that her son "had not been dropped off from day care" and... Read more
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The Florida Times-Union
Tonyaa Weathersbee: Marches alone are no solution for injusticeIf nothing else when critics say that African-Americans don’t care about murder
Tonyaa Weathersbee: Marches alone are no solution for injustice
The Florida Times-Union / Posted 4 days ago
If nothing else when critics say that African-Americans don’t care about murder and violence in their communities, events like “Quench the Violence” can prove them wrong. This past Saturday, the Rev. Robert LeCount, along with several other... Read more
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WJXT Jacksonville
Day Care Report: Several face supervision citationsSeveral local day cares were cited recently for leaving children alone in a roo
Day Care Report: Several face supervision citations
WJXT Jacksonville / Posted 4 days ago
Several local day cares were cited recently for leaving children alone in a room or not having enough supervision for the number of children being cared for. The Florida Department of Children and Families inspects local day cares to make sure they... Read more
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WJXT Jacksonville
St. Johns County man accused of raping young girlA 58-year-old St. Johns County man was arrested Monday night on a charge of cap
St. Johns County man accused of raping young girl
WJXT Jacksonville / Posted 5 days ago
A 58-year-old St. Johns County man was arrested Monday night on a charge of capital sexual battery. The Sheriff's Office said the investigation began Saturday when the mother of a girl under the age of 8 reported finding her in bed with 58-year-old... Read more
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The St. Augustine Record
St. Johns County man arrested on capital sexual battery chargeA St. Johns County man was arrested Monday evening on a capital sexual battery
St. Johns County man arrested on capital sexual battery charge
The St. Augustine Record / Posted 5 days ago
A St. Johns County man was arrested Monday evening on a capital sexual battery charge. The investigation began Saturday after a girl was found by her mother in Ronnie Milton’s bed, according to a release from the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office.... Read more
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WFLX FOX 29
Florida Department of Children and Families releases report after baby's deathPALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - A report released by the Florida Department of Childr
Florida Department of Children and Families releases report after baby's death
WFLX FOX 29 / Posted 5 days ago
PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - A report released by the Florida Department of Children and Families is outlining the last few days of a 5-month-old Boynton Beach boy’s life. Boynton Beach police responded to Bethesda Hospital on Aug.14 to investigate the... Read more
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WESH 2 Orlando
Custody battle leads to man setting home on fireIt was a bitter custody battle that led an Orange County man to set fire to his
Custody battle leads to man setting home on fire
WESH 2 Orlando / Posted 9 days ago
It was a bitter custody battle that led an Orange County man to set fire to his home this week nearly killing his young daughter, according to police.Shortly before fire began racing through the Betty Street home, Orange County 911 dispatcher Bobby... Read more
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WJXT Jacksonville
Family suing DCF after fatal mobile home fireThe Fowler family is suing the Florida Department of Children and Families afte
Family suing DCF after fatal mobile home fire
WJXT Jacksonville / Posted 9 days ago
The Fowler family is suing the Florida Department of Children and Families after a fire last year took the lives of a 53-year-old grandmother and three of her grandchildren -- all under the age of 5. There is nothing left of the mobile home that... Read more
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The Palm Beach Post
Update: DCF investigating possible abuse of 5-month-old who diedFive-month-old Christian Bent spent five days injured and bruised in Delray Med
Update: DCF investigating possible abuse of 5-month-old who died
The Palm Beach Post / Posted 11 days ago
Five-month-old Christian Bent spent five days injured and bruised in Delray Medical Center where he died Tuesday, and police are still investigating what exactly happened to the infant. The Florida Department of Children and Families removed... Read more
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Daily Mail
Military mom-two fighting custody battle for her childrenMother-of-two army veteran who served in Afghanistan and Iraq now fighting cust
Military mom-two fighting custody battle for her children
Daily Mail / Posted 11 days ago
Mother-of-two army veteran who served in Afghanistan and Iraq now fighting custody battle for her children after they were taken into care while she was deployed Mother-of-two Amanda Hurst, from Florida, was deployed to Iraq in 2009 Left her son... Read more
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The Palm Beach Post
Boynton Beach Police investigating death of 5-month-oldUpdate, 11:15 a.m.: Florida Department of Children and Families confirmed that
Boynton Beach Police investigating death of 5-month-old
The Palm Beach Post / Posted 11 days ago
Update, 11:15 a.m.: Florida Department of Children and Families confirmed that an investigation was launched into the possible abuse of a 5-month-old Friday, spokeswoman Paige Patterson-Hughes said. The department removed a 2-year-old child and the... Read more
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The Florida Times-Union
No charges against Lake City public defender in toddler daughter's death after being left in carA Columbia County public defender will not be charged in the May 13 death of hi
No charges against Lake City public defender in toddler daughter's death after being left in car
The Florida Times-Union / Posted 12 days ago
A Columbia County public defender will not be charged in the May 13 death of his 16-month-old daughter after she was mistakenly left all day in a hot car in Lake City, according to the Gainesville-based prosecutor assigned to the case by the... Read more
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The St. Augustine Record
New police report details allegations that William Ruben Ebron Jr. raped a woman weeks before Lonzie Barton went missing The ex-girlfriend of William Ruben Ebron Jr. accused him of raping her just w
New police report details allegations that William Ruben Ebron Jr. raped a woman weeks before Lonzie Barton went missing
The St. Augustine Record / Posted 15 days ago
The ex-girlfriend of William Ruben Ebron Jr. accused him of raping her just weeks before toddler Lonzie Barton went missing, a... Read more
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The Florida Times-Union
Tips for choosing a good child care centerWhen you are looking for a child care center, you’re not just trying to find a
Tips for choosing a good child care center
The Florida Times-Union / Posted 15 days ago
When you are looking for a child care center, you’re not just trying to find a good baby sitter. If it were only that simple. But it hasn’t been that way for quite awhile. Research has long established that 90 percent of brain development happens... Read more
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The Florida Times-Union
New police report details allegations that William Ruben Ebron Jr. raped a woman weeks before Lonzie Barton went missingThe ex-girlfriend of William Ruben Ebron Jr. accused him of raping her just wee
New police report details allegations that William Ruben Ebron Jr. raped a woman weeks before Lonzie Barton went missing
The Florida Times-Union / Posted 16 days ago
The ex-girlfriend of William Ruben Ebron Jr. accused him of raping her just weeks before toddler Lonzie Barton went missing, a newly released police incident report documents. On July 1, just 22 days before Ebron reported that 21-month-old Lonzie... Read more
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Springfield News-Sun
Florida man charged after baby left in scalding waterA father in Kissimmee, Florida, faces charges after he allegedly left his 10-mo
Florida man charged after baby left in scalding water
Springfield News-Sun / Posted 17 days ago
A father in Kissimmee, Florida, faces charges after he allegedly left his 10-month-old child in scalding hot water, WESH reports. According to Kissimmee police, Jaquavis Allen, 23, gave his son a bath on Monday night after the child soiled his... Read more
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The Hamilton Journal News
Florida man charged after baby left in scalding waterA father in Kissimmee, Florida, faces charges after he allegedly left his 10-mo
Florida man charged after baby left in scalding water
The Hamilton Journal News / Posted 17 days ago
A father in Kissimmee, Florida, faces charges after he allegedly left his 10-month-old child in scalding hot water, WESH reports. According to Kissimmee police, Jaquavis Allen, 23, gave his son a bath on Monday night after the child soiled his... Read more
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The Palm Beach Post
Florida man charged after baby left in scalding waterA father in Kissimmee, Florida, faces charges after he allegedly left his 10-mo
Florida man charged after baby left in scalding water
The Palm Beach Post / Posted 17 days ago
A father in Kissimmee, Florida, faces charges after he allegedly left his 10-month-old child in scalding hot water, WESH reports. According to Kissimmee police, Jaquavis Allen, 23, gave his son a bath on Monday night after the child soiled his... Read more
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The Palm Beach Post
Fla. man charged after baby left in scalding waterA father in Kissimmee faces charges after he allegedly left his 10-month-old ch
Fla. man charged after baby left in scalding water
The Palm Beach Post / Posted 17 days ago
A father in Kissimmee faces charges after he allegedly left his 10-month-old child in scalding hot water, WESH reports. According to Kissimmee police, Jaquavis Allen, 23, gave his son a bath on Monday night after the child soiled his diaper.... Read more
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WESH 2 Orlando
Father charged after baby suffers burnsThe father of a 10-month-old was charged with putting the child in scalding hot
Father charged after baby suffers burns
WESH 2 Orlando / Posted 18 days ago
The father of a 10-month-old was charged with putting the child in scalding hot water, Kissimmee police said Wednesday. Police said the boy suffered blistering second-degree burns. It happened overnight Monday when Jaquavis Allen, 23, tried to bathe... Read more
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The Florida Times-Union
Arlington girl, 8, undergoes surgery after attack, sexual assault that left her 'unrecognizable'The 8-year-old girl assaulted Monday in some woods off University Boulevard Nor
Arlington girl, 8, undergoes surgery after attack, sexual assault that left her 'unrecognizable'
The Florida Times-Union / Posted 18 days ago
The 8-year-old girl assaulted Monday in some woods off University Boulevard North underwent three hours of emergency surgery to repair injuries to her lower body, then more to repair damage to her eyes, ears and nose, according to a friend of the... Read more
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ABC 7 Gulfshore News
Homicide investigation underway in Lehigh AcresThe Lee County Sheriff's Office confirms that deputies are conducting a death i
Homicide investigation underway in Lehigh Acres
ABC 7 Gulfshore News / Posted 19 days ago
The Lee County Sheriff's Office confirms that deputies are conducting a death investigation on 21st Street SW in Lehigh Acres. The 3500 block of the street has been closed off and a mobile command center has been established. - VIDEO: Homicide... Read more
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ABC 7 Gulfshore News
Homicide investigation underway in Lehigh AcresThe Lee County Sheriff's Office confirms that deputies are conducting a death i
Homicide investigation underway in Lehigh Acres
ABC 7 Gulfshore News / Posted 19 days ago
The Lee County Sheriff's Office confirms that deputies are conducting a death investigation on 21st Street SW in Lehigh Acres. The 3500 block of the street has been closed off and a mobile command center has been established. A neighbor told us... Read more
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The Hamilton Journal News
Florida woman left young children in running car while...A Florida mother was arrested, accused of leaving her children in the car Sunda
Florida woman left young children in running car while...
The Hamilton Journal News / Posted 19 days ago
A Florida mother was arrested, accused of leaving her children in the car Sunday afternoon while she drank in a bar. April King, 35, was arrested outside of Froggers Grill and Bar after police said she sat in her car pretending that police had the... Read more
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Springfield News-Sun
Florida woman left young children in running car while...A Florida mother was arrested, accused of leaving her children in the car Sunda
Florida woman left young children in running car while...
Springfield News-Sun / Posted 19 days ago
A Florida mother was arrested, accused of leaving her children in the car Sunday afternoon while she drank in a bar. April King, 35, was arrested outside of Froggers Grill and Bar after police said she sat in her car pretending that police had the... Read more
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The Palm Beach Post
Florida woman left young children in running car while...A Florida mother was arrested, accused of leaving her children in the car Sunda
Florida woman left young children in running car while...
The Palm Beach Post / Posted 19 days ago
A Florida mother was arrested, accused of leaving her children in the car Sunday afternoon while she drank in a bar. April King, 35, was arrested outside of Froggers Grill and Bar after police said she sat in her car pretending that police had the... Read more
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Miami New Times
Teen Prostitution and Drugs Are Rampant at South Florida Group HomesThere were raised voices and broken glass and the high-voltage emotions that pi
Teen Prostitution and Drugs Are Rampant at South Florida Group Homes
Miami New Times / Posted 19 days ago
There were raised voices and broken glass and the high-voltage emotions that pinball between a wild teen and her worried mom. In their Davie home, Bonnie had installed new locks on the windows to keep her 16-year-old daughter, Cathy, from sneaking... Read more
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Highlands Today
New director takes over Children’s Advocacy CenterSEBRING — Ever since Mary Plankenhorn graduated from the University of Florida,
New director takes over Children’s Advocacy Center
Highlands Today / Posted 20 days ago
SEBRING — Ever since Mary Plankenhorn graduated from the University of Florida, she has worked in services involving children, including investigating child abuse, human trafficking and helping to prevent drug abuse and teen pregnancy. With that... Read more
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WFTV 9 Orlando
Apopka woman left young children in running car while...An Apopka mother was arrested, accused of leaving her children in the car Sunda
Apopka woman left young children in running car while...
WFTV 9 Orlando / Posted 20 days ago
An Apopka mother was arrested, accused of leaving her children in the car Sunday afternoon while she drank in a bar. The April King, 35, was arrested outside of Froggers Grill and Bar after police said she sat in her car pretending that police had... Read more
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WJXT Jacksonville
7 arrested for making meth while 9-old child present, deputies sayVolusia County Sheriff's Office arrested seven people running a meth lab while
7 arrested for making meth while 9-old child present, deputies say
WJXT Jacksonville / Posted 21 days ago
Volusia County Sheriff's Office arrested seven people running a meth lab while a 9-year-old child was present. East Volusia Narcotics Task Force said an investigation on Friday led them to a trailer located at 1125 Maytown Road in Oak Hill. When... Read more
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Orlando Sentinel
Hoping to avoid tragedies, state takes more kids into custodyFollowing intense criticism that too many children have died on the state's wat
Hoping to avoid tragedies, state takes more kids into custody
Orlando Sentinel / Posted 22 days ago
Following intense criticism that too many children have died on the state's watch, Florida's child-welfare investigators have added a new layer of scrutiny that's fueling a steep increase in the number of kids removed from their homes. In Central... Read more
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WFTV 9 Orlando
7 arrested in Oak Hill, accused of making meth with...Seven people were arrested after a meth lab bust at a home in Oak Hill Friday,
7 arrested in Oak Hill, accused of making meth with...
WFTV 9 Orlando / Posted 22 days ago
Seven people were arrested after a meth lab bust at a home in Oak Hill Friday, investigators said. A 9-year-old child was found in the home and was supervised by the Florida Department of Children and Families until the boy was given to a... Read more
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Local 6 Orlando
7 arrested making meth while 9-old child presentVolusia County Sheriff's Office arrested seven people running a meth lab while
7 arrested making meth while 9-old child present
Local 6 Orlando / Posted 22 days ago
Volusia County Sheriff's Office arrested seven people running a meth lab while a 9-year-old child was present. East Volusia Narcotics Task Force said an investigation on Friday led them to a trailer located at 1125 Maytown Road in Oak Hill. When... Read more
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Clay Today
BASCA under fireBy Mike Ford Staff Writer ORANGE PARK – Allegations of abuse forced state off
BASCA under fire
Clay Today / Posted 24 days ago
By Mike Ford Staff Writer ORANGE PARK – Allegations of abuse forced state officials on Wednesday to close one group home that houses adults with intellectual disabilities and took steps to cease funding from the state’s Medicaid waiver program that... Read more
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Naples Daily News
Man with child in backseat charged with DUIA Hallandale Beach man who was pulled over along Interstate 75 is facing child
Man with child in backseat charged with DUI
Naples Daily News / Posted 25 days ago
A Hallandale Beach man who was pulled over along Interstate 75 is facing child neglect charges after troopers say he was caught driving under the influence with a child in the back seat. Edber Herrera 31, faces charges of DUI with damage to... Read more
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Clay Today
BASCA under fire - Ordered to close one group homeBy Mike Ford Staff Writer ORANGE PARK – Allegations of abuse forced state off
BASCA under fire - Ordered to close one group home
Clay Today / Posted 25 days ago
By Mike Ford Staff Writer ORANGE PARK – Allegations of abuse forced state officials on Wednesday to close one group home that houses adults with intellectual disabilities and took steps to cease funding from the state’s Medicaid waiver program that... Read more
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Daily Mail
Police dispatcher, 40, 'was having sexual relationship with boy, 11'Married police dispatcher, 40, 'had long-term sexual relationship with son's 11
Police dispatcher, 40, 'was having sexual relationship with boy, 11'
Daily Mail / Posted 26 days ago
Married police dispatcher, 40, 'had long-term sexual relationship with son's 11-year-old friend' Amanda Chandler, 40, of Palm Bay was charged with eight counts of sexual battery and five counts of lewd and lascivious conduct She reportedly had... Read more
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Bay News 9 Tampa Bay
LIVE UPDATES: More rain brings flood watches, road closures across Bay areaHere we go again. Showers and thunderstorms are moving across the Bay area Mon
LIVE UPDATES: More rain brings flood watches, road closures across Bay area
Bay News 9 Tampa Bay / Posted 27 days ago
Here we go again. Showers and thunderstorms are moving across the Bay area Monday morning, dousing an already saturated region with more moisture. The excessive rains are producing conditions for flooding from Hillsborough and Pinellas counties... Read more
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WESH 2 Orlando
Autopsies confirm two toddlers drowned in Holly Hill poolAutopsies on two toddlers found dead in a Holly Hill pool Thursday have confirm
Autopsies confirm two toddlers drowned in Holly Hill pool
WESH 2 Orlando / Posted 30 days ago
Autopsies on two toddlers found dead in a Holly Hill pool Thursday have confirmed both drowned, but investigators still have unanswered questions. For neighbors Carol Burrows and Tony Carter, the drowning deaths of the two toddlers just three doors... Read more
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WCTV Tallahassee
NextGen Band's Musical Message: Consider Becoming Foster ParentJuly 31, 2015 By Julie Montanaro There's a 'Help Wanted' sign up in the Big B
NextGen Band's Musical Message: Consider Becoming Foster Parent
WCTV Tallahassee / Posted 30 days ago
July 31, 2015 By Julie Montanaro There's a 'Help Wanted' sign up in the Big Bend for more foster families who are willing to take in teenagers. The Department of Children and Families says there are nearly 400 teens in foster care in our... Read more
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The Florida Times-Union
Lonzie Barton case shows importance of quality child careThe recent news of Lonzie Barton has united our community around a tragic case
Lonzie Barton case shows importance of quality child care
The Florida Times-Union / Posted 30 days ago
The recent news of Lonzie Barton has united our community around a tragic case of a missing child and the inevitable community search that follows. In his Times-Union column, Mark Woods asks if we should care about all the other Lonzies now or just... Read more
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WJXT Jacksonville
4-old found in Middleburg reunited with dadA 4-year-old child that was found walking on a road in Middleburg just after 7
4-old found in Middleburg reunited with dad
WJXT Jacksonville / Posted 30 days ago
A 4-year-old child that was found walking on a road in Middleburg just after 7 a.m. Friday has been reunited with his family. A resident noticed the boy alone near the intersection of Licorice and Chickpea street and called the Clay County Sheriff's... Read more
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NBC Miami
Boy Accused of Strangling Child Had Past TroublesAn 11-year-old boy accused of strangling a 4-year-old boy had a history of dist
Boy Accused of Strangling Child Had Past Troubles
NBC Miami / Posted a month ago
An 11-year-old boy accused of strangling a 4-year-old boy had a history of disturbing behavior, including choking another child until the child turned blue in the face and carrying around dead farm animals, according to sheriff's deputies. The past... Read more
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